Wyatt Jay Scott, 41, of Kewanee, IL was tragically stolen from the lives of his family and friends on Sunday afternoon, February 12, 2017. Wyatt was born on August 4, 1975 in Kewanee the son of Glenna (Morrison) Scott and Jerry Scott.
Wyatt is survived by his parents Glenna Scott of Kewanee and Jerry Scott of Galva, one sister Shelli Scott Sauer of Kewanee, best friend and brother-in- law Laman Sauer, four beautiful daughters, Mary, Lana, Alyssa, and Lexi, one niece Alesia Juarez and four nephews Cruz Juarez, Laman Sauer Jr., Carson Sauer, and Landon Sauer, two “brotherly” cousins Shane Scott and Luke Scott, one grandmother Marlo Morrison and many more cousins, aunts, uncles, and friends with so much love that they are family too. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandpa Melvin “Cookie” Morrison, his maternal Aunt Mary, his paternal Grandma Darlene Scott and Uncle Lee Scott.
Wyatt was a Kewanee High School graduate in 1993. After graduation he enlisted in the Army. Then he went to W.I.U. In 1996, he enlisted in the Navy. Wyatt was a hardworking man all of his life. He was self-employed most of the time running his own construction/roofing business. He was the superintendent of Stonebridge Construction in Jacksonville, FL for nearly 2 years. He was a very talented man that could build, fix, and create anything. When Wyatt’s work day finally came to an end, he volunteered his time to coach. His coaching stretched from one -on -one sports training with his daughters, nephews and niece to elementary girls basketball to MMA training in his own personal gym. He loved going on outdoor adventures with his family. Swimming in the ocean, boating, playing volleyball were just some of his favorites.
Wyatt was an amazing and loving father that any child would be blessed to have. His love and compassion for his girls cannot be expressed with words, but anyone who ever saw Wyatt interact with his daughters understood his love and magic. Wyatt was a friend to all. He was a selfless man who would do anything to help anyone. He would give the shirt off of his back to a stranger in need (in fact he has)! He always had a silly joke to tell followed with his beautiful smile. To know Wyatt was to love Wyatt!
Visitation will be at First Baptist Church, Kewanee, Il. from 12 to 2 Friday February 17, 2017. Funeral services will begin at 2:00 P.M. Pastor Dan Craig will officiate. Burial will be in the Pleasant View Cemetery Kewanee, Il. The family invites friends and family to celebrate Wyatt’s life following services at the American Legion. The Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home, Kewanee, Il. is in charge of arrangements. Instead of a memorial the family has set a GOFUNDME page to help support his daughters that were left behind with their college fund. https://www.gofundme.com/wyattscott. Donations will also be received at the First Baptist Church on Friday during the services. Private online condolences may be shared with the family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com
Arlo A. Edwall, 88, of Galva, died at 5:10 p.m., Monday, February 13, 2017 at his home.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, February 17 at Messiah Lutheran Church in Galva. Rev. Linda Winkelman will officiate. Visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Thursday, February 16 at Rux Funeral Home in Galva with Masonic rites being held at 6:45 p.m. Burial will be in Galva Cemetery where military rites will be accorded by the Galva Fusiliers. Memorials may be directed to Messiah Lutheran Church or to the Galva Historical Society.
He was born April 3, 1928 in Kewanee, the son of Arvid and Anna (Fornander) Edwall. He married Joan M. Struble on July 25, 1953 in Galesburg. She survives of Galva, as do three children, David (Dawn) Edwall of Ottawa, IL and Deb (Jeff) Engstrom and Julie (Wayde) Buck, both of Galva, a brother, Carl (Flo) Edwall of Sparks, NV, eight grandchildren, Jill (Rob) Ewell, Ryan (Angel) Edwall, Travis (Bonnie) Engstrom, Bart (Sarah) Engstrom, Margeret (Adam) Unakis, Matthew (Hilary) Buck, Brittany Buck and Sara Kirschbaum, eighteen great grandchildren with two on the way and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, Eva Goodale and Marie Huber VonHaden and a great granddaughter, Abigail Edwall.
Arlo graduated from Galva High School in 1946 and attended Bradley University. He served his country in the U.S. Army in the 7th Infantry Division during the Korean War and was a combat veteran. He worked at JH Best and then for the U.S. Postal Service for 32 years, retiring in 1992. He was a lifelong member of Messiah Lutheran Church having served on the council and the planning board. He was a 65 year member of the Masonic Lodge, the American Legion and the Galva Fusiliers. He also had served on the Galva Planning Commission and the Galva Historical Society board and was a former member of the VASA Lodge. Arlo enjoyed record collecting, big band music, old steam engine trains and tinkering in his shop. He loved spending time with family and sharing stories of family history. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.
Joe R. Wright, 90, of Geneseo and longtime Geneseo Funeral Director, passed away Monday, February 13, 2017 at the home of his daughter. A Memorial service celebrating his life will at 4 PM on Sunday, February 19th at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo. Inurnment will be at Oakwood Cemetery, Geneseo at a later date. Visitation will be prior to the service from 2-4 PM on Sunday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Geneseo Food Pantry. As per his wishes, cremation has been accorded by Vandemore Crematory.
Joe was born on February 22, 1926 in Somerville, IN, the son of John and Mrytle (Brown) Wright. He graduated from Geneseo High School in 1944. He proudly served our country in the US Navy form 1944-1946, Seaman 2nd Class. He then went on to graduate from Worsham College of Mortuary Science in 1947. He was united in marriage to Nellie W. Keag on December 28, 1947 in Geneseo. Joe founded Wright Funeral Home in 1955 and operated it for many years. He and Bill Myers then formed a partnership creating the Myers-Wright Funeral Service, which he and Bill operated until he retired in 1985. After his retirement he worked for Pinks Bus Service for several years and for Vandemore Funeral Home in Geneseo.
Joe was a member of First Presbyterian Church. He was also longtime member of the Geneseo Country Club and the Grid Club. He performed with the Richmond Hill Players in several productions. Joe was one of the first funeral directors to be certified to preform eye enucleation for cornea transplant. He coached the Little League football team, The Rams, and enjoyed following Geneseo sports. He also enjoyed spending time with his coffee buddies, golfing, walking, but most of all spending time with his family.
He is survived by his wife, Nellie; daughters: Carol (Kent) Johnson of Geneseo, Linda (Bruce) Wrightwood of Huntley, IL; son: Audie (Laurie) Wright of GA; grandchildren: Kurt (Jill) Hutchinson, Tony (Gabriella) Hutchinson, Kelsey Wrightwood, Abby Johnson; great grandchildren: Madeline, Emma Jack, and Samuel.
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Diane, 6 sisters, and 3 brothers.
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Henry E. “Duke” Farber, 75, of Geneseo, passed away Sunday, February 12, 2017 at his home surrounded by his family after a long battle with ALS. A Funeral Mass celebrating his life will be held at 10:00 AM on Saturday, February 18th at St. Malachy Catholic Church in Geneseo. Father Michael Pakula will celebrate. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery, Geneseo, where Military Honors will be accorded by Don Cherry VFW Post. Visitation will be from 4-7 PM on Friday at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo. Memorials may be made to the Duke Farber Memorial Fund.
Duke was born on July 22, 1941 in Geneseo, IL, the son of Leonard and Ann (Vandersnick) Farber. He graduated from Geneseo High School in 1959. He was united in marriage to Lois K. Temple on October 24, 1964 in Geneseo. He had been a mechanic for Kittrell Chevy & Olds and J.F. Edwards. Duke drove truck for Richard Hulslander, Rollie Nelson, Davenport Pack and Dale Kincaid. In 1971 he became an Owner/Operator and leased his truck to Gangloff and Downham, Illini Beef, and Rowley Interstate. The last 25 years to Anderson Transportation out of Forreston, IL. In 2002 he was named Owner/Operator of the year for Anderson Transportation. Duke drove 4,000,000 miles over the span of his career and 55 years without a preventable accident and retired in 2015.
Duke was a member of St. Malachy Catholic Church, the Antique Engine and Tractor Association, and the Moose Lodge. In his youth he had belonged to the Kourtesy Kustom Klub and the Geneseo Gear Grinders. He enjoyed drag racing and was the 1961 class eliminator at the World Series of Drag Racing at Cordova, IL. He also raced at Phenix City, AL and Dallas, GA. Duke also loved stock car racing and had the opportunity to have his picture taken with Dale Earnhardt, Sr. He collected antique tractors, equipment and garden tractors. He enjoyed gardening and fishing whenever he got the chance.
He is survived by his wife Lois; and several nieces and nephews including, Russell Farber, Lenny Farber, Debbie Farber Neil, Connie Farber Barnhorst, Jason Snyder, Andy Snyder, and Alysa Snyder; and special friend Dru Clementz.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Royce.
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Beatrice "Bea" L. Spivey, 85, of Moline, formerly of Galva, passed away Sunday, February 12, 2017, at Hammond-Henry Hospital, Geneseo. Funeral Services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, February 16th, at the Cambridge Chapel of Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services. Rev. Bob Curry will officiate. Burial will be in Rosedale Cemetery, Cambridge. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church of Cambridge or the Henry County Historical Society.
Beatrice Louise Larson was born January 23, 1932 in Kewanee, the third daughter of Frederick and Mary Jo Huizinga Larson. She grew up in Burns Township. Bea graduated from Galva High School in 1949 and was the valedictorian of her class. She then went to work at the Henry County Farm Bureau in Cambridge until she married Stewart E. Spivey of New Windsor on March 14, 1954 in the First Baptist Church of Cambridge. They farmed for several years in Kewanee and Weller Townships. He passed away on June 14, 1998.
Throughout the years, Bea was a member of the Cambridge Baptist, Kewanee Baptist, and Galva Baptist churches. She was a Campfire Girls leader in Galva and the playwright and program director for the Bishop Hill Community Club and 4-H Club Share the Fun night. Bea worked as a World Book representative and also at the Bishop Hill State Museum, the Henry County Museum, and the Galva Historical Society Wiley House Museum as a historical interpreter.
She loved country music and was a lifelong Chicago Cubs fan. Bea was an active member of a book club and passed her love of reading on to her children and grandchildren. She devoted her life to her children and many grandchildren who spent countless hours at her home. As a true American patriot, her favorite colors were red, white, and blue. She enjoyed celebrating the Fourth of July with music, skits, poetry, and fun with family and friends on the front porch in Galva.
Those surviving are daughters and son-in-law, Lucinda and Gary Peterson, Warsaw, MO, Ruth and Larry Sharfe, Moline, Janell and John Holt, Galva, sons and daughters-in-law, Marshall Spivey, Tampa, FL, Tyler and Lisa Spivey, Annawan, and Travis and Erin Spivey, Galva, 17 grandchildren, and 13 great grandchildren. Other survivors include sisters, Marian (Mrs. Dale) Evans, Cambridge, and Suzanne (Mrs. George) Heaton, Cambridge.
Her parents and her husband preceded her in death.
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There is a celebration in heaven as Terri L. Darnell Wood, 50, of Cambridge, entered into her eternal reward on Saturday, February 11, 2017, at Genesis Medical Center, Silvis. Funeral services will be held at 12:00 noon Wednesday, February 15, 2017, at the Cambridge United Methodist Church. Rev. D. K. Grooms and Rev. Dr. Christopher Ritter will officiate. Burial will be in Rosedale Cemetery, Cambridge. Visitation will be from 10 to 12 Wednesday morning at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Terri Wood Memorial Fund. Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services, Cambridge, is assisting the family with the arrangements.
Terri Lynn Darnell was born July 20, 1966 in Rock Island, the daughter of William and Karen DeShane Darnell. She graduated from Cambridge High School in 1984. Terri went to LRM College in Litchfield, IL where she received her training as a missionary. She went to India, Africa, and Spain with her missionary work.
She was a member of the Cambridge Church of God, serving on the praise and worship team and also as the events coordinator. Terri was a true woman of God. She was always helping any way she could. Her kids were her life. She cherished being a mommy.
Those surviving are her three beautiful children, John, Joezett, and Raynesha, her father, William Darnell, Cambridge, a sister and brother-in-law, Jodi and Jeff Waldo, Geneseo, three brothers and sisters-in-law, Mike and Paula Darnell, Ohio, Scott and Kim Darnell, Ohio, and Gordon and Annie Darnell, Cambridge. Other survivors include many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. Her grandparents and her mother, Karen Darnell, preceded her in death.
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Dawn M. Corrinne, 66, of Geneseo died on Friday, February 10, 2017 at UnityPoint Health Trinity, Rock Island. Celebration of life services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, February 17th at First Lutheran Church, Geneseo. Rev. Matthew Kamprath will officiate. Inurnment will be in Oakwood Cemetery, Geneseo. Memorial visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday at Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services, 225 E. Park St. Geneseo. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to American Cancer Society.
Dawn Marie Bagger was born May 14, 1950 in Chicago the daughter of Virgil and Jacqueline (Norton) Bagger. She graduated from Bogan High School in Chicago before attending Northland College, Ashland; WI. She received a bachelor degree from Western Illinois University.
Dawn was a generous spirit. She loved helping people whether through her work at Moline High School or later at Partner’s in Job Training or in her church at First Lutheran Church, Moline where she had been active in the music department, singing in the choir for many years. She was also very artistic especially in sewing, quilting and cooking. She loved to make things or food for others to enjoy.
Dawn is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Tina & Justin Griffin, Streamwood, IL and Diane and Lynn Buck, Romeoville, IL; two grandchildren, Ann Griffin and Connor Griffin; brother, Richard Smith, Seattle, WA and many cousins. Her parents and brother Donald Bagger preceded her in death.
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Donald A. Piepho
Donald A. Piepho 83 of Geneseo was called to his Savior on Friday February 10, 2017 at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. Funeral Services celebrating his life will be held at 11:00 A.M. Tuesday February 14 at the St. John’s Lutheran Church, Edford Township, Geneseo. Rev Christopher Bushre will officiate. Burial will follow in the St. John’s Cemetery. Visitation for Don will be from 9:30 A.m. -11:00 A.M. Tuesday at the Church. In Lieu of Flowers the family request memorials to the St. John’s Lutheran Church. Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo is assisting the Family with the arrangements.
Don was born on June 14, 1933 in Gary Indiana the son of Arthur and Iva (Miner) Piepho. He graduated from Hebron High School and went on to Valparaiso University graduating with an Engineering Degree. He proudly served our country in the U.S. Navy Seabees. He was united in marriage to Faye C. Johnson on August 24, 1957 in Chicago, Illinois. Don had been employed as an Engineer for the Caterpillar Co. for 38 years working in several of their locations and he retired in 1993. Don loved and was a faithful member of the St. John’s Lutheran Church where he was active in all Church functions. He was an avid Woodworker and Cubs Fan.
Survivors include his Wife Faye , Daughters Donna (Jack) Holdridge, Shoreline WA., Judith (John) Wiegle, Muscatine, IA., Nancy (Steven) Edgar, Seattle WA., 7 Grandchildren , and 1 Great Grandchild., Brothers Robert (Jane) Piepho, Wadsworth, OH., Dale Piepho, St. Paul MN., his Sister Alice (Walter) Neath, Chico CA.
He was preceded in death by his Parents , 3 Brothers, and an Infant Sister.
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Betty J. Pauli, 86, of Geneseo, IL, passed away Thursday, February 9, 2017 at Hammond-Henry Hospital in Geneseo. A private family funeral service celebrating her life will be held Monday, February 13th at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo. Rev. Randy Willers will officiate. Burial will follow at Moline Memorial Park. There will be no visitation. Memorials may be made to the Geneseo Good Samaritan or Bethesda Lutheran Home.
Betty Jane (Crenshaw) Pauli was born on November 9, 1930 in Oklahoma City, OK. She married Arland Walter Pauli on September 15, 1950 in Columbia, MO. They shared 66 wonderful years of marriage.
Betty left a legacy of sacrificial love and a deep and abiding faith in her Lord and Savior. She touched countless lives in her lifetime through her acts of service in many volunteer capacities. Her happiest moments were when she was spending time with her family and reaching out to meet the needs of others. She will be greatly missed.
In addition to Arland, she is survived by her children Bev (Boyd) Nichols, St. Charles, MO; Linda (Mark) Hanna, Camden, TN; Janis (Greg) Longbons, Prophetstown, IL; David (Kim) Pauli of Olathe, KS; eleven grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her son, Gregory.
Our thanks to all the staff at Good Samaritan for the genuine love and concern they shared during Betty’s final journey.
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Arline M. Nixon, 99, of Geneseo, passed away Wednesday, February 08, 2017 at Good Samaritan Society – Geneseo Village. A funeral service celebrating her life will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, February 11th at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo. Rev. Stephen Palm will officiate. Burial will follow at Greenview Memorial Gardens in East Moline. Visitation for Arline will be 1 hour prior to the service (10:00-11:00 AM) at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church- Rock Island, First United Presbyterian Church- Moline, or the Geneseo Evangelical Free Church.
Arline was born on June 15, 1917 in Moline, IL, the daughter of Earl and Myrtle (Anderson) Farrand. She graduated from Moline High School and was united in marriage to Harold E. Nixon on September 14, 1935 at First United Presbyterian Church in Moline. He preceded her in death in 1976. Arline worked for the Rock Island Arsenal for many years as a clerk/ typist, retiring in 1979.
Arline was a member of the Geneseo Evangelical Free Church in Geneseo. She was an avid reader. She enjoyed playing cards and crocheting, as well as traveling abroad.
She is survived by her daughter: Patricia A. (Roland) Eklof of Geneseo, IL; son: Thomas H. Nixon of Elmhurst, IL; grandchildren: Karen (Tim) Moon of Bethany, IL, Lorraine (Larry) Lord of Geneseo, IL, Steven E.(Sherie) Eklof of Kirksville, MO; and great grandson: Ethan Halsall of Moline, IL.
She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, and 1 sister.
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MOLINE - Irene J. Rowland, 81, of Moline, passed away at 11:25 a.m., Saturday, February 4, 2017 at Unity Point Health Rock Island.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, February 9 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Rev. Zackary Glenn will officiate. Visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Wednesday, February 8 at the funeral home. Burial will be in Evergreen Memory Gardens in rural Kewanee. Memorials may be directed to the American Heart Association.
She was born November 15, 1935 in Lacon, IL, the daughter of Merlin and Wilma (Walker) Curtis. She married Frederick “Fred” Rowland on February 22, 1952 in Kewanee and he preceded her in death on August 9, 2003. Survivors include five children, Jackie (John) Bodine of East Moline, Leesha Rowland (her boyfriend, Doug Gipe) of Milan, Sabra Rowland of Silvis, IL, Brian (Julie) Rowland of Albany, IL and Aaron Rowland of Moline, twelve grandchildren, Amber, Scott, Ariel, Parris, Yorka, Mariah, Ashley, Dustin, Eric, Cathy, Cory and Alex, fourteen great grandchildren, Nathan, Madison, Austin, Devin, Lyric, Liam, Cohen, Jack, Libertee, Jerzee, Mysteree, Grant, Lauren and Klara and a great-great granddaughter, Lily. She was also preceded in death by her parents, a son, Frederick Jr., a daughter, Fredericka West, two sisters, Verna Brooks and Myrna Simmons and a brother, Theodore Curtis.
Irene in her early years had worked as a waitress at Deck Restaurant and at Norms Restaurant in California. She primarily worked in the cafeteria at Millikin Elementary School. She attended Heritage Church and was a member of the Red Hat Society. Her favorites times of the year were Christmas Eve and Christmas Day and she enjoyed shopping and baking. She also enjoyed being around kids, spending time with her grandchildren and going out to eat with her family. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.
GALVA - Gerald D. “Jerry” Young, 98, of Galva, died at 8:00 p.m., Sunday, February 5, 2017 at Toulon Health Care and Rehabilitation Center.
A graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, February 8 at Galva Cemetery where military rites will be accorded by the Galva Fusiliers. Pastor Trisha Chapman will officiate. Visitation will be held from 10:00-10:45 a.m., Wednesday at Rux Funeral Home in Galva. Memorials may be directed to the First United Methodist Church in Galva or to the Galva Senior Citizens Center.
He was born December 15, 1918 in Industry, IL, the son of Edward and Anna (Standard) Young. He married Betty Nell Wheeler in 1940 and C. Enid Pobanz in 1958. He later married Virginia Todd on September 21, 1985 in Galva. Survivors include his wife of Galva, a step-daughter, Connie Wong of Galesburg, a grandson, Larry (Debbie) Golden, of Little Rock, AR, two great grandchildren, a great-great grandson, four step-grandchildren and seven step-great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, a daughter, Joan Golden, two brothers, three sisters, a grandson, a step-son, John Todd and a step-great grandson.
Prior to serving his country in the Navy during WWII; Jerry worked on the construction of the Ordinance Plants in Burlington, IA, Grand Island, NE and Pierre, SD. He moved to Galva in January of 1946 where he was employed by Galva Creamery and Houghton Lumber Co. He retired in 1982 after serving 22 years as Executive Officer of the Galva Federal Savings & Loan Association. His memberships included; First United Methodist Church, Hagberg-Hamlin Post 45 American Legion, Galva Masonic Lodge #243, Galva IOOF Lodge #408 and the Galva Senior Citizens Center. He was a former member of the Galva Lions Club and the Galva Rotary Club and had served as a Galva City Alderman. He and his wife, Virginia enjoyed 30 winters in Mesa, AZ. This obituary may viewed and private conolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.
Ruth Larson, 91, of rural Geneseo died on Friday, February 3, 2017, at Woodridge Supportive Living Residence, Geneseo. Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. on Monday, February 13, at First Lutheran Church, 114 E. Main St., Geneseo. The funeral will follow the visitation and also be held at First Lutheran Church, beginning at 11:00 am. Rev. Laura Kamprath will officiate. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery, Geneseo. Memorials may be made to First Lutheran Church or to the Ruth Larson Memorial Fund. Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services is assisting the family with arrangements.
Ruth was born November 26, 1925 in Laura, IL the daughter of Charles and Agnes (Wycoff) Jaques. She attended school at the Nightingale School near Laura and in Williamsfield, IL. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois, Champaign. For a time she wrote copy for Pet Milk. On Aug. 28, 1948 she married Eldon Larson in Laura, IL. Ruth and Eldon had been married for 62 years at the time of his death on October 23, 2010. The couple had farmed in Edford and Osco Township near Geneseo for most of their married lives.
Ruth was a member of First Lutheran Church, Geneseo, the Bishop Hill Heritage Association, and the Henry County Home Extension. She and her husband were strong supporters of church groups, 4-H, and other youth programs in the community. Ruth was an avid reader and lifelong learner. She was a joyful spirit welcoming all to her home with open arms. When you were greeted by Ruth, you knew she was happy to see you. She had a great appreciation of and devotion to her family. She had many diverse interests, ranging from wildflowers to classical music to wild birds to cats and other animals in her life.
Ruth is survived by two sons and their spouses, Rod and Tammy Larson, Bethesda, MD, and Jim and Janet Larson, Geneseo; a son-in-law, Scott Pearson, West Fargo, ND; grandchildren, Erica Fleisig and her husband Lars Wilcut, Benjamin Larson-Pearson, Lucas, Abby, Matthew, Ian, and Michaela Larson, as well as numerous nieces and nephews and her special care giver, Angela Correa. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, daughter, Rev. Patricia Larson; sister, Emma Jaques McGuire, and brother, Dr. Howard W. Jaques.
Charles L. “Luke” Strobbe, 70, of Colona, IL, passed away suddenly on Friday, February 03, 2017 at his home. A Funeral Service celebrating his life will be held at 10:30 AM on Tuesday, February 7th at Grace United Methodist Church, Geneseo. Rev. Melva England will officiate. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery, Geneseo. Visitation for Luke will be from 4-7 PM on Monday at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo. Memorials may be made to the Charles “Luke” Strobbe Memorial Fund.
Luke was born on November 30, 1946 in Moline, IL, the son of Camiel and Kathryn (Soelzer) Strobbe. He attended Moline High School. Luke proudly served our country in the US Navy from 1965-1967. He was united to Oneida Hays Kleinau on May 14, 1978 at Lorraine Methodist Church. He work for John Deere Plow/ Planter Works and Davenport Works as a welder for 37 ½ years, retiring December 2004.
Luke was a member of Grace United Methodist Church and the UAW Local 281. He enjoyed fishing at home on the lake. He was an avid reader and a loud and angry Bears fan. Most of all he loved spending time with his grandsons.
He is survived by his wife, Oneida; daughter: Rachel (Jayson) Saylor of Atkinson, IL; step daughters: Pam Kleinau of Rock Island, IL, Janice Kleinau of Centerville, IA; step son: Ryan (Suzanne) Kleinau of Scottsdale, AZ; grandsons: Mason and Drake Saylor; step grandson: Raymond Nolan; sister: Camilla (Charles) Clare of Walnut Creek, CA, Jane (Jack) Frazelle of Moline, IL; brother: Mark Strobbe of Moline, IL; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
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Pamela S. Benecke, 68, of Neponset, IL, passed away Thursday, February 02, 2017 at her home. As per her wishes, cremation has been accorded and there will be no services held. Memorials may be made to OSF Hospice, Kewanee or the Nolan Benecke College Fund. Cremation accorded by Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo.
Pamela was born on October 21, 1948 in Freeport, IL, the daughter of Kenneth and Alberta (DeGan) Buss. She graduated from Freeport High School and went on to attend Western IL University and then went to earn her degree from Northern IL University. She was united in marriage to Ernest H. Benecke on January 23, 1973 in Freeport, IL and he preceded her in death on May 18, 2011. Pamela worked at the Walmart Pharmacy in Kewanee as a Tech for 20 years and after moving to Florida she worked at the Publix grocery store for many years.
Pamela loved hosting parties for family and friends. She enjoyed golfing at Midland Country Club and going on cruises. Most of all she enjoyed the 10 years her and Ernie spent together at The Villages in Florida where they had moved.
She is survived by her daughters: Tiffany (Kyle) DeSpain of Savoy, IL, Shanna Benecke of Freeport, IL; son: Matt (Lesley) Benecke of Neponset; grandchildren: Kara Place, Nolan Benecke; and sister: Sandy (Ken) Foltz of Lena, IL.
She was preceded by her husband, Ernie and her parents.
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Lois H. Kempin, 96, of Kewanee, died at 3:23 a.m., Wednesday, February 1, 2017 at the Kewanee Care Home.
Cremation has been accorded and a memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, February 8 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Rev. Dan Craig will officiate. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the services. Inurnment will be in Pleasant View Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the organ fund at St. Peter’s Evangelical Church UCC.
She was born December 26, 1920 in Kewanee, the daughter of John and Lenora (Gleich) Peden. She married George Puskar on July 27, 1952 in Kewanee and he preceded her in death on May 28, 1984. She later married Arthur Kempin on October 24, 1992 in Kewanee and he preceded her in death on October 21, 2003. Survivors include her son, John (Diane) Puskar of Kewanee, three grandchildren, John Puskar and Denise Puskar (and Lamont), both of Kewanee and Teresa (Steve) Neptun of Morton, two great grandchildren, Brazee Jackson (Puskar) and Blake Neptun and one on the way, step-son, Ronald (Rosemary) Kempin of Sandy, UT and two step-daughters, Joan (Joseph) Nosal of Kewanee and Karen (Douglas) Krusa of Champaign, IL. She was also preceded in death by her parents.
Lois graduated from Kewanee High School in 1938 and completed her nurses training at Proctor Hospital. She worked as a registered nurse providing private duty care. She was a member of St. Peter’s Evangelical Church UCC and its Women’s Guild. She was also a member of the Kewanee Women’s Club. Lois enjoyed spending time with her family and playing cards with the card clan. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.
William A. “Bill” Rosenow, 72, of Sheffield went to be with his Lord on Wednesday, February 1, 2017 from Perry Memorial Hospital, Princeton. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, February 8th at Sheffield United Methodist Church, Sheffield. Rev. Terry Lancaster will officiate. Burial will be in Sheffield Cemetery with Military Rites by Sheffield American Legion. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Sheffield United Methodist Church. Memorials may be made to Bill Rosenow Memorial Fund. Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services is assisting the family with arrangements.
Bill was born December 5, 1944 in Kewanee, IL the son of Edward Edmund and Madelyn (Verschorre) Rosenow. He graduated from Western High School in 1963 and also graduated from Black Hawk College, East Campus, Kewanee. Bill served in the U.S. Air Force from 1963 until 1967. On June 17, 1972 Bill married Mary Jo Hewitt in Sheffield. She survives.
Bill had been an Illinois State Trooper for many years before retiring and serving as acting Sherriff of Bureau County for a time. He also drove school bus for Bureau Valley School District for many years.
Bill was a member of the Sheffield United Methodist Church, H.F. Hortz American Legion Post 415, Sheffield, State Police Fraternal Lodge and the Princeton Moose Lodge. Bill had served as the Mayor of Sheffield for over 22 years where he actively participated in the water tower, sewer system, Avenue of Flags and the Community Hall Projects. Bill had also been a member of the Western School District board Bill loved Sheffield and was always there to do whatever he could to make it a great place to live. He was also active throughout Bureau County and the State of Illinois.
Bill’s love for Sheffield could only be overshadowed by his love for his wife and family. He is survived by his wife, Mary Jo; three daughters, Jill (Bronco) Farwell, San Marcos, CA, Jennifer (Troy) Smith, Normal, IL and Lisa Rosenow, Clearwater, FL; three grandchildren, Madilyn, Brady and Westin; brother, Edward (Deb) Rosenow, DeKalb, IL; sister, Carol (Henk) Tillema, Henderson, NV; sister-in-law, Penny Rosenow, DeKalb, IL and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, and brothers, John and Tom.
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Niel P. Hewitt, 76, of Sheffield, died on Tuesday, January 31, 2017 at his home. Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, February 6th at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Sheffield. Father Jeffrey Stirniman will officiate. Private burial will be held at St. Patrick’s Catholic Cemetery, Sheffield. Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday at Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services, 339 E. Chestnut St. Sheffield with a Rosary to be recited at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Sheffield Public Library, Sheffield Historical Society, or American Cancer Society.
Niel was born February 10, 1940 in Kewanee, IL the son of Kennison W. and Blanche E. (Vermeulen) Hewitt. He graduated from Sheffield Community Consolidated High School in 1958. He attended Southern Illinois University, but unfortunately, a tragic automobile accident prevented him from continuing his education.
Niel always had a smile on his face for everyone and he enjoyed life to the fullest. He was an excellent maintenance worker and served as an ecumenist minister in St. Patrick’s Church in Sheffield, Illinois for many years where he was a member. He was difficult to beat in cribbage and played an excellent game of bowling. In High School Niel lettered all four years in football, basketball and track. He enjoyed sports and was an avid Chicago White Sox and Green Bay Packer’s fan.
Niel is survived by his mother, Blanche E. Hewitt, Sheffield Illinois; brother Conrad W. Hewitt and his wife Linda, Napa, California; sister Helen C. Hewitt, Brea, California. Also, Niel is survived by his nephews and nieces, Michael C. Hewitt, Huntington Beach, California; William D. Hewitt and his wife, Shelley, Bellevue, Washington; Mary Hewitt and her Fiancée, Steven Doolittle, Marina Del Rey, California; Donald L. Hewitt and his wife Frances, Pleasanton, California. Great nieces and nephews, Conrad K. Hewitt, Alexandra, Macallan, and Delaney Hewitt. Also, Niel is survived by his cousins; Jim and Willie Hewitt, Sterling, Illinois; Mary Jo Rosenow, Sheffield, Illinois and Tim and Robin Hewitt, Sheffield, Illinois, Marcia Hodgson, Libertyville, IL and Michael Wiley, Cape Canaveral, FL; and special friends, Terri Skiles and Justin Skiles, Sheffield. He was preceded in death by his father Kennison W. Hewitt and a sister-in-law, Shirley Hewitt.
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Beth A. Johnson, 84, of Galva, passed away at 5:09 p.m., Monday, January 30, 2017 Marigold Rehabilitation and Health Care Center in Galesburg.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, February 4 at Rux Funeral Home in Galva. Visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Friday, February 3 at the funeral home. Burial will be in Galva Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the Galva American Legion or to the Alzheimer’s Association.
She was born August 4, 1932 in Annawan, the daughter of James and Celia (Boyd) Thompson. She married Neil S. Johnson on February 23, 1952 in Annawan. He survives of Galva, as do four daughters, Janet Johnson (Roozbeh Tavakoli) of Selinsgrove, PA and Dawn (Doug) Anderson, Denise Johnson and Elizabeth “Libby” (Mark) Maxwell, all of Galva, four grandchildren, Ashley (Andrew) Maxwell-Willer, Allison (Nicholas) Zurcher and Ariana and Thierran Tavakoli and three sisters, Lucille McCune of Mineral and Barbara Young and Judy Hansen, both residents at Hillcrest Nursing Home in rural Geneseo. She was preceded in death by her parents, and siblings, Dorothy, Mary, Orn, Harold, Cal and Jim.
Beth graduated from Annawan High School in 1950. She had worked for the Henry County Farm Bureau, Galva LeClaire Hotel and for 7 years at the Red Oak in Bishop Hill. She was also a waitress at Waunee Farms for 31 years. She was affiliated with Messiah Lutheran Church and enjoyed helping make their spritz cookies. She was a member of Burns Grange, the Order of the Eastern Star and belonged to the Burns Rural Youth and a card club for over 60+ years and enjoyed sewing, shopping and baking and cooking. She especially enjoyed caring for and was a proud supporter of her children and grandchildren. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.
On January 30, 2017 Jesus took Ron home to be with him. Ronald P. Scales, 69, of Conyers, GA, formerly of Geneseo, passed peacefully after a long illness.
Ron was the son of Bill and Millie Scales of Geneseo. He was born in Staunton, VA on December 5, 1947. He received his early education in Hagerstown, MD. The family moved to Geneseo in 1957, where he attended Geneseo schools and was a member of the 1964 graduating class.
In October after graduation he enlisted in the air force. After serving four years he then re-enlisted in the Army. Staff Sergeant Ron Scales retired in 1985 after serving twenty-one years. During those military years he served tours of duty stateside, the Far East and in Germany. After his retirement he then was employed for 20 years by the civil service, serving 10 of those years in Germany. He retired from civil service in 2005.
Ron loved life and his family. He enjoyed playing darts, woodworking and repairing antique clocks. In September of 2016 he fulfilled a dream of buying a house boat and planned to navigate the rivers of America. Soon after his illness worsened, it was not to be.
He is survived by his wife Judy; 2 daughters: Tammy of Streator, IL, Tanya of Conyers, GA; a son: Andrew of Beloit, WI; 1 grandchild; his mother: Millie Scales of Geneseo; a sister: Lisa Swanigan of Canton, OH; a brother: Michael (Suzanne) Scales of Morrison, CO; nieces and nephews; his former wife: Christina Scales of Conyers, GA; and 3 step-children.
He was preceded in death by his father Bill Scales, a brother Steve Scales, and his grandparents.
Services will be held at Crosspoint Church in Conyers, GA on Saturday, February 4th. Military Graveside services will be held at a later date at North Cemetery in Geneseo. Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo will be assisting the family with services and Pastor Melva England will be officiating.
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